It is truly the simple things that make our lives good. Friends, hot coffee, a tasty dinner and a glass of wine, stimulating conversation, a beautiful sunrise, an intriguing new novel. As we get older, we realize that the best times were not defined by our job titles, or salary, or the square footage of our homes.
At 61, almost-62, I can say that for myself the best moments and achievements are now quieter, more personal. Nobody knows or cares what executive parking space I used to have, or whether I got to eat in the Important People Dining Room. Now a good day means I wake up with a smile on my face, looking forward to the day’s simple things.
My wardrobe is simpler too as the years pass (and they seem to be accelerating, can that be true?). An everyday uniform might be a pair of faded crop jeans (similar) and a leather belt (sim), with a new octopus tee (sim) and old suede oxfords (sim). I still do like to dress up occasionally but just for my own entertainment or for the symphony. Oh who am I kidding, I wear a knit dress, tights and booties to the symphony. Most of us in our 60’s follow no strict dress code, nor do we crave others’ approval. Freedom!
I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful simple things today: pet your dog on the head, brew a second cup of coffee, and put on your favorite music. We are Not Dead Yet. xox
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I love your attitude and embrace it…. no fashion rules! Fashion should be fun. Great post, doll. Xo Jonet
Looks amazing, the octopus looks amazing.
Love the octopus tee!! I’ve been trying to add some everyday glam to my life!!!
Always so thoughtful. Last weekend was spent just as you said, enjoying all the wonderful simpler things like forgetting about an alarm clock, spending time with friends, and exploring new places. I long for the time for when this will be a daily occurrence instead of a weekend getaway.
I agree with you (and Suzanne). My focus has shifting from career to things that matter to me — friends, connection and authentic experiences. I’m turning 60 later this year so your wisdom arrived shortly before mine. 🙂
yes, the magic begins at 60! Will I see you on/around your b’day? I’ll be in your neighborhood end of May. xox
So very true.
The older I get the more I find that experiences matter. They slow down time which seems to be racing by faster and faster with each passing year.
Agree 100%. I love your decision to travel and experience more. xox
So true – I appreciate the small things much more now than ever – a really good cup of hot chocolate, couch snuggles with the cat, watching a favourite film on TCM, or discovering a book I had always wanted to read at the thrift store.
all these things sound wonderful, esp snuggling the cat. xo
Love this post, Patti. Happy Saturday xx
Happy weekend to you too, Elizabeth! xo
I agree Patti….
I tend not to mention my “day job” too often….it seems tedious and pretentious.
Blogging (and following blogs) is much more fun!
The little things make me happy…. like the rain stopping when I have to wait for a bus.
Or my coffee having the perfect crema on the top.
Or when you open a large orange and it is juicy and delicious.
mmmmm, a fresh orange is so wonderful. xox
Love that graphic T. Wish your blog font was bigger, hard to read your posts on a mobile device.
I shall investigate, Tami. xox
Here’s to the simple things. Love that new octopus t-shirt! Nobody does octopus better than you – in a good way.
Am I the octopus queen? I am honored. xox
There is such a pleasure now in the easy, peasy!!
So true, Jodie. xox
Lovely post. I just turned 50 and I can feel similar shift, which is very foreign yet comforting simultaneously.
Well put, Dawn – it is a journey full of surprises. xox